Over the last several weeks, there have been several articles in Messaging Pipeline discussed in the Lotus-related blog-o-sphere.  Some were fairly negative about IBM and Lotus Notes, predicting the end of the world as we know it.  A number of you reacted negatively to those articles, and begged me to take a stand on it.

After all the uproar, I contacted John Dickinson, the editor of Messaging Pipeline (thanks to a blog reader for helping with this connection).  Note that this kind of out-of-band contact (no "handler") between an IBMer and a journalist is generally frowned upon, so I received special permission to deviate from normal policy in this case.  I felt that if I approached John directly, rather than through formal channels, we might be able to have some interesting dialogue about the publication's recent Lotus coverage.  John is a very reasonable guy, and is passionate about his work.  He challenged me several times during that initial discussion, including the challenge that if I felt so strongly about the Workplace/Lotus story, I should write about it.  Fair enough.

Some travel, some personal stuff, and the Groove announcement got in the way of my writing, but I finished it off the other day.  Today, front and center on messagingpipeline.com is my contribution.  John introduces it thusly:

Editor's Note: There has recently been much controversy reported here at Messaging Pipeline and elsewhere about exactly what sort of future IBM Lotus plans for Notes/Domino and that venerable e-mail and groupware environment's customers. The company's introduction of IBM Workplace has led many customers and analysts to the conclusion that Notes is scheduled for the scrapheap, but others have strongly maintained that IBM Lotus plans to keep its Notes/Domino customers happily supplied with their product of choice. The fog has been lifting a bit in recent weeks as reported by David DeJean yesterday.

But I thought that IBM deserved the chance to tell you its own view of the situation, and invited Ed Brill, a senior IBM executive and a very fine communicator, to explain the company's messaging and collaboration strategy. As a key member of the IBM Lotus Notes/Domino sales group, he is in a terrific position to tell you what IBM Lotus plans to offer to its customers, and how they can best plan their futures to take advantage of the strategy embedded in the Notes/Domino and in the Workplace product road maps. -- John Dickinson
and here's the first paragraph:
After over fifteen years in market, IBM Lotus Notes has established itself as one of the defining software products of our time. It's #1 in the e-mail/calendaring market according to Gartner Dataquest, and over 120 million Notes licenses are used by 60,000 organizations globally. And millions of Notes applications have been deployed to provide mission-critical business communications, and group coordination and collaboration.

Many of you ask/beg/complain/implore that IBM give you more "aircover" on helping you sell or defend Notes internally.  Combine this article, the analyst reports mentioned within it, yesterday's Messaging Pipeline article by David DeJean, and some of the recent stories on ibm.com/lotus, and I think we're in very good shape from the perspective of getting the message out.  Is there more to do?  Always.  Still, please let me know if you think that what's been done so far is useful, and your thoughts on the Messaging Pipeline contribution.

Link: Messaging Pipeline: IBM View: Lotus Notes Is A Part of the IBM Workplace Family >

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